March 17, 2013
Santee, Calif. -- The Long Beach State softball team (18-12) dropped its final game of action on Sunday at the San Diego State Classic II, falling to San Jose State 2-1. During three days of tournament play, the 49ers went 3-2, defeating Massachusetts (9-1), Miami (OH) (4-1) and Harvard (3-2), while falling to Fairfield (2-0) and SJSU.
The game started with Shayna Kimbrough striking out, but Brianna Stephan singled up the middle to get on base. Nalani St. Germain followed with her own single, putting 49er runners on first and second. Darian Tautalafua hit into a double play, ending the inning with two runners left on base.
Erin Jones-Wesley started in the circle, her third of the tournament, and walked the first batter. She then struck out the next, forced a pop up and struck out the last batter as both teams were held scoreless after one inning.
San Jose State made quick work of the top of the lineup, putting the Spartans back on offense. The first batter was struck out by Jones-Wesley, but the next was hit by a pitch to take first base. After a fielder's choice, the next batter went to first and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter was walked, but Jones-Wesley was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run as the final batter flied out to left field.
The 49ers still couldn't get any offense going in the third as the first three batters resulted in outs. With the Spartans back in the batter box, Jones-Wesley knocked off the first two before walking the third as Amanda Hansen entered the game in relief of Jones-Wesley. She was able to get a fly out by the next batter, ending the inning with zero runs.
In the fourth, the 49ers loaded the bases after singles by Stephan, St. Germain and Tautalafua. Karli Sandoval then hit a single to bring in Stephan for the first run of the game (1-0). San Jose State then made a pitching change and the Spartans were able to get three straight outs to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded for the 49ers.
Hansen then made quick work of the top of the order, putting LBSU back on offense. After a Garcia pop up, Kimbrough doubled down the left field line, but was left on base after a ground out and fly out ended the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, SJSU started with a fly out, but then hit a home run to tie the game (1-1). Hansen then walked the next batter, causing the 49ers to make another pitching change as Christian Carbajal came into the game. She got her first batter to fly out, and then the inning ended after the first base runner was caught stealing.
In the top of the sixth, SJSU got three quick outs, but couldn't get any offense going when they were up to bat and the game stayed tied at 1-1 heading into the seventh.
LBSU's first three batters couldn't manage any offense, leaving it up to SJSU to try to win the game. The first batter popped up, but the second singled. A second single, followed by a throwing error, brought one run in for SJSU as they won the game in the bottom of the seventh, 2-1.
Carbajal was credited with the loss, her first of the season (4-1).
The 49ers will host Colorado State in a single game on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 2:00 pm at the 49er Softball Complex. The team then heads to San Luis Obispo to open up Big West Conference play at Cal Poly Mar. 23 (DH) and Mar. 24.
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